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ExCel Exhibition Centre
The ExCeL Exhibition Centre is a large purpose built exhibition centre situated in the Royal Docks area of London's redeveloped Docklands, at grid reference TQ408807. The centre opened in November 2000 and its name is formed from the words Exhibition, Centre and London.

Excel's site covers over 100 acres (400,000 m²) and is located on the north quayside of the Royal Victoria Dock. Whilst this dock closed to commercial traffic in 1981, it is still accessible to shipping. The centre's waterfront location is used to advantage when it hosts the annual London Boat Show, with visiting vessels able to moor alongside the exhibition centre; for example the 2005 show was visited by HMS Sutherland. The exhibition building itself consists of two column free rectangular halls of 32,500 m² each to either side of a central boulevard containing catering facilities and information points. The halls can be subdivided for smaller events. There are also a number of function rooms. A temporary hall can be added on part of the car park when required, as it is for the London Boat Show.

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[edit] Transport links

ExCeL is served by two railway stations. The main western entrance is directly linked to Custom House station, which is served by trains on both the Docklands Light Railway and National Rail's North London Line. The eastern entrance is connected to Prince Regent station, which is served by the Docklands Light Railway. During major shows with large visitor attendances, the Docklands Light Railway runs additional shuttle trains to and from Canning Town station, with interchange there to the London Underground's Jubilee Line.

ExCeL is located near London City Airport.

[edit] Sport

In December 2005 ExCeL hosted a boxing match between British heavyweights Danny Williams and Audley Harrison. For the 2012 Summer Olympics ExCeL will be divided into four sports halls with capacities ranging from 6,000 to 10,000, which will be used for boxing, judo, taekwondo, table tennis, weightlifting and wrestling.

[edit] Other Events

In 2007, ExCel will be hosting Star Wars Celebration Europe; the first Star Wars fan event of its kind outside the United States.

[edit] External links

Coordinates: 51°30′27″N, 0°1′47″Ede:ExCeL Exhibition Centre es:ExCeL Exhibition Centre

ExCeL Exhibition Centre

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